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How to Break Up with Someone

Breaking up with someone can be stressful. Be direct and get your intentions understood.


  • Step 1: Practice Practice what you are going to say to your partner to end the relationship. Be direct and honest.
  • Step 2: Break up in person Break up with someone in person, or over the phone if meeting in person isn't possible. Do not use e-mail, a text message, social networking sites, or voicemail to end a relationship.
  • TIP: Make sure you are in a place where you have family or friends near to ensure your safety.
  • Step 3: Stick to your plan Stick to your decision and do not engage in an argument. Walk away if necessary.
  • Step 4: Do not respond Avoid any contact for at least 30 days. Do not respond to accusations or insults.
  • Step 5: Take time Take time for yourself, spend time with friends and family, or engage in a hobby you enjoy.
  • FACT: In the first four months of dating, 76 percent of women contemplate dumping a guy.

You Will Need

  • Practice
  • Honesty
  • Preparation
  • Focus
  • Friends and family
  • A hobby

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